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Old 09-24-2008, 08:32 PM
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Can anyone recommend specific volunteer work that can be done by 16 and aboves in the state of Michigan(around but by no means limited to the Detroit area)? Kind of leaning towards animal shelters/rescues and the environment.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:43 PM
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I do Meals on Wheels once a week in the city of Kalamazoo. It's very rewarding and you meet a lot of nice people. Many times your the only person they see all day. If you don't have a car you can still ride along and hop the meals to the door. We always go out in pairs. There are nine different routes in the city so it takes 18 volunteers a day to keep it running. Plus the kitchen help and the director. A bunch of GREAT folks!
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:04 PM
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Almost every county has an animal shelter and/or humane society. I helped some middle school aged kids volunteer at the Humane Society. You need to be over age 14.

Michigan Humane Society: Michigan Humane Society Home

For other volunteering opportunties, try this website:

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Old 09-28-2008, 06:56 AM
Location: Findlay, OH
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I was a volunteer coordinator for a Hospice organization. After the required 20 hours of training, you could volunteer for Hospice, but not with patients in their homes. You could do office work, special events, etc. You could also visit nursing home and hospice residence patients. I can say that it is VERY rewarding work!

Good suggestion by the previous poster about Meals on Wheels. I had a similar experience when I was in high school with Focus Hope. We did meal deliveries to the Jefferies Housing Projects (do they still exist? I thought the buildings have subsequently been torn down.) and the people-- lots of old folks-- were so glad to see us! We might be their only visitor. And lots of them had only the food left over from our last visit.

Thank you for inquiring about volunteering. It is so rewarding for the volunteer, but more importantly,it helps so many people! Thank you!
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